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Moonrise with Sunset

I went back and forth between the sunset on the NW side of the pier and the moonrise on the SE side of the pier.

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Moonrise and Bird
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Sunset over UCSB

We made it to Goleta just before sunset. Our hotel guy told us the best sunset position on a pier! So, we got the gear and headed to the pier and got some nice sunset photos!

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Seagull in Sunset
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Santa Cruz Natural Bridges

Even though Richard and I have been to Santa Cruz several times, somehow we’ve missed this bit of the western coast where this lovely Natural Bridge is! So, here’s some pictures of it, the lighthouse, and also some surfers. Some of the pictures are also with a slow shutter speed to blur the waves.

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Bean Hollow State Beach

Our first stop was our favorite beach just south of San Francisco, Bean Hollow State Beach. It’s also a free beach, so that’s another reason we like it!

First I tried using my new ND (dark) filter and slow shutter speeds to blur our the waves. Then I shot some more traditional shots. Thanks to Richard for the shot of me!

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Perspective is Everything

I had just put an old frying pan in the trash because the coating was peeling off in the food (ick), when I saw a Facebook post about turning a frying pan into a base to hold your camera at a low perspective. I had an old tripod we could take the head off of, and my very handy husband knocked this out in a few minutes! The directions called for removing the handle off the frying pan, but we left it on to hang it between uses. And, I found the handle was useful when shifting the pod for a certain shot. Thanks Honey!

My new “Pan-Pod” my wonderful husband made for me!

And, boy does it work great!

A Change of Perspective

Weeds in Focus

Next, I left the settings the same and just changed the focus between these 3 shots:

Focus Change 1

Focus Change 2

Focus Change 3

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Ice Bubbles

We had a stretch of very cold weather, and I happened to be reminded of a photography challenge I’ve seen before where you make some special bubble stuff (mix sugar with the soap to give it neater designs as it freezes) and then photo them outside as they freeze. So, we prepared the bubble stuff, read up on technique, and headed out around 8 am, sunny, and -4 degrees F. I couldn’t have done this without Richard blowing the great bubbles. It took a bunch of bubbles to get a few that would stay together long enough to freeze into the neat designs.

Be sure and scroll to the bottom to see a rough time-lapse photo I did of some of the better bubbles. I wasn’t really planning on making a time-lapse video, so I didn’t set my camera and never move it. That made it difficult to crop each photo as accurately as possible to build this time-lapse video. But, this still turned out to show the crystals building on the bubbles as they freeze.

I couldn’t have done this without Richard’s excellent bubble blowing!

Ice Bubbles at -4 degrees

As the bubble froze, it left my reflection clear in the middle and froze that part last.

Ice Crystals in Detail

I like the fern-like ice shapes as the bubbles freeze.

Ice Bubbles at -4 degrees II

This shows the details even better.

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Birds, Birds, Birds

It was COLD today, but I had to go outside and take some pictures in the snow and sunshine anyway. The birds were so hungry they didn’t mind me taking their picture. I got several nice “flying bird” pictures this time.

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Trip to McKee Botanical Garden

We saw the signs to this Garden several days ago and finally had a chance to visit it this nice day. Click here for more information about the garden.

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